Genre: Fairy Tales

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

  This book was deliciously unexpected. I’ve had mixed experience with Gail Carson Levine – growing up, I remembered reading Ella Enchanted and disliking it (although an adult reread inspired me to reform my opinion) and as such, I didn’t really seek out her books the way may others did.  Somehow, I never put together that one of my childhood favorites – The Two Princesses of Bamarre – was also written by her.  So by all rights, Ever is a book I should have read many years ago, because I would have loved it. And as an adult, I did love it.  The writing […]

Posted December 16, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  Just Ella was one of my FAVORITE books growing up, and the reason is so obvious to me.  There is so much girl power in this book, especially because it’s a middle grade book about princesses. Something to note: the cover rebranding for this book is a hot mess.  The original cover (which I’ve used in this review) shows a medieval-garbed princess with a tearaway to reveal her in common garb.  This tearaway affect so much better exemplifies the book and show Ella’s struggle.  The rebranded version is a modern looking ballerina princess on a pastel cover and is so […]

Posted December 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book was so so good. I have to admit – I had pretty low expectations for House of Salt and Sorrows.  There’s been a lot of YA retellings out there in recent years that start with a promise of an original story in a rich world, then turn around and say, “actually no i made a romance is it not magnificent.” To all those books, I say no.  It’s not magnificent – I was promised a retelling and you have failed me. House of Salt and Sorrows, you have not failed me. This book is a retelling […]

Posted July 24, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

If you’re looking for a dark Beauty and the Beast retelling with a dangerous, passionate (but not overly graphic love story), you’ll enjoy Cruel Beauty. Cruel Beauty is about Nyx, a young lady whose father has sold her away after making a deal with The Gentle Lord.  Her father hopes she’ll kill the Gentle Lord and free the land of his demons.  However, after a few weeks in his house, Nyx learns that everything is not quite as it appears.  Freeing her land will not be so simple as bringing down his house, nor killing the Gentle Lord.  And what’s worse, she […]

Posted April 20, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is a beautifully written story, but I highly recommend reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. There were some things that Kathleen Gita did extraordinarily well.  Her Russian accents and pronunciations are lovely and flowed well, but it was in the narrative itself that she lost me.  Her reading is very flat and reminded me of an AI robot in everything except the dialogue.  Fortunately, The Bear and the Nightingale is heavy on dialogue and storytelling, so I was able to listen all the way through.  The quality of the reader is huge when you are listening to an audiobook, and if […]

Posted November 27, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

It took me a long time to get into this book. Crimson Bound has a really rich, vibrant world, but the writing moves at its own gradual pace, and the characters are hit or miss. The romance, too, was major eye roll material, but I suppose you can’t have everything! The Great Forest was where this book truly shined. I found Rosamund Hodge’s descriptions of a dark, malicious forest come to life to be both chilling and exciting. Particularly in the segment in the middle, when Rachelle and Armand ride with the Wild Hunt… the bits of me in love […]

Posted November 15, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //